The Rotary Centenary Bank Cancer Centre that has been under construction for the past 3 years was yesterday morning handed over to St Francis Hospital Nsambya by the Uganda Rotary Cancer Program and its partners.
The Centre was conceived by past district Governor Stephen Mwanje in 2011 as a response to the scourge of cancer in its many forms and the effect on ordinary Ugandans.
He mobilised a number of Rotarians who gave their professional expertise and used their personal networks to turn this ambitious project into the reality we are witnessing today.
When fully furnished and equipped, it will have the capacity to provide inpatient hospitalization, treatment and care for a total of 36 patients at a time.
The Center as it stands now cost a total of 1.5 billion shillings and is a result of almost three years of fundraising and partnership.
There have been direct contributions in cash and in kind in addition to the proceeds from 3 editions of the annual Rotary Cancer Run.
Uganda Rotary Cancer Programme Chairman, PDG Stephen Mwanje, said;
“We thank the people that hatched this dream many years ago, the people who had the courage to start it and the partners who had the belief to support it. The dream has become a reality. Cancer is one of the biggest health concerns in Uganda today and this Center will be a major milestone in the fight against it.”
Accepting the completed building, Dr. Martin Nsubuga, the Medical Director, Nsambya Hospital said “…the construction of this Cancer Centre is a shining example of vision, co-operation between the various partners and humanity. I would like to thank Rotary, Centenary Bank, Crown Beverages and the members of the public for their combined effort and involvement in all the stages of this achievement…”